The thick scent of barbecue and exhaust gas fills the air and the entire street feels alive as massive V8s emit a ground shaking rumble. That, in a nutshell, is what the Woodward Dream Cruise is all about.
Now in its 20th year, the cruise is a celebration of all things Detroit, though it attracts makes and models from all over the world. Some classics show up perfectly restored, while many have been customized to the point of not even being recognizable. It is a time warp where a brand new 2015 vehicle can be seen cruising next to an original 1915 Model T.
Seen at the Chrysler’s official Woodward display, the Raminator comes complete with a massive 3D Ram logo on its doors, HEMI power (supposedly), and of course, a Mazda Protege which has been offered up in sacrifice to the monster truck gods. While this truck didn’t cruise Woodward, monster trucks were not an uncommon sight on the Detroit street.
“Rod Iron” Beetle
The classic Volkswagen Beetle has become a favorite for modifiers looking for something to have some fun with. In this case, one customizer designed an entire flowery body from wrought iron and replaced the Beetle’s body panels with it. Complete the look with some yellow wheels, and this Bug is definitely unique.
The concept behind a ‘Rat Rod’ is simple: have a mechanically sound vehicle underneath sheet metal that looks like it has never been touched. And Woodward was absolutely full of these derelict beauties. Our guess is that this is a 1930’s Ford pickup, but if you know better, please let us kow in the comments below. Whatever it is, this is one cool looking Rat Rod.
Dodge Power Wagon
This beast was also hanging out in the Chrysler display, looking like it was just purchased in 1954. Originally built for military use, the Power Wagon was later converted to a civilian truck, though it kept the same mechanical workings as the much tougher version meant for the army. Power for this pickup came rom a 3. 7-liter inline six-cylinder engine that made 99 hp when it was brand new. The curb weight is pegged at a whopping 8,700 pounds. The Power Wagon was introduced into the domestic market in 1946, and was produced unchanged all the way up to 1968 when it was discontinued.
Look past the people on the sidewalk, and through the street signs, and you will see one of the most unique Corvettes around. As many on Woodward already know, cruising is easy, but parking can be a nightmare, so this is unfortunately the best shot of this one-off that we could nab. You are looking at a C6 Corvette, complete with a C1 front end and shooting brake style. Presumably still powered by the 6.2-liter LS3 V8, this is one unique Corvette that celebrates its heritage everywhere it goes.
Dodge just released an all-new shaker hood for the modern day Challenger, but this 1965 Dodge Coronet HEMI A/FX puts it to shame. About 56 percent of the car’s weight sits on the rear axle, a modification which was made to make this Coronet into a drag racing Funny Car. And once it’s fired up, those straight pipes sound monstrous.
Sitting in the Lingenfelter display, one of American’s rarest supercars, the Falcon F7, was showing off. This is a true Detroit car, conceived by a car fanatic who used tons of local talent from the Big 3 to help him bring his vision to life. This is a mid-engine sports car that uses a 620-hp Corvette V8 and monocoque chassis to hit a top speed of 200 mph. Design inspiration is said to come from the original Ford GT, and there is no doubt that this is one eye catching supercar.
Custom Skull Car
Left scratching our heads, this skull car may just be the most custom vehicle we saw at the whole cruise. Another mystery machine, if you have any inkling as to what this vehicle is, please sound off in the comments. What we do know is that this beauty was cruising Woodward all day, offering the crowds a glimpse at something truly unique. Oh, and it fully met the noise requirement, as this was one screaming skull.
2015 Ford Mustang
The brand new 2015 Mustang, a car that the media hasn’t been able to drive yet, was also out cruising out Woodward. This grey version was sporting a 5.0-liter V8 that Ford says is good for 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. And word is, a few smokey burnouts courtesy of the new Mustang’s line lock feature were unleashed during the cruise, emitting huge white clouds of smoke throughout the crowds. We will be driving the new Mustang very soon, so make sure you come back for the review.
Chuckwagon Hot Rod
We said the skull car was the most custom vehicle at the Dream Cruise, but this old fashioned chuck wagon might put up some stiff competition. Seen cruising Woodward right before the end of the Dream Cruise, this chuckwagon was absolutely mint. Everything about it was just gleaming with that new car look, and what better way to celebrate Americana than a custom hot rod modeled to look like chuck wagons of the old west.